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Born Sheela
(1949-03-22) 22 March 1949 (age 66)
Thrissur, Cochin State, India
Spouse(s) Xavier (divorced)
Ravichandran (divorced)
Children 1
Parent(s) Kanimangalam Antony, Gracy

Sheela is an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam cinema.[1] She, along with Prem Nazir, holds the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together as heroine and hero.[2][3] In 2005 she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sheela was born in a Syrian Christian family as eldest among six children to Railway officer Antony and Gracy, on 22 March 1945 at Kanimangalam, Thrissur, Kerala. She has three sisters and two brothers. Since her father was working with Railway department she was brought up in different places like Ooty, Tiruchirappalli, Ernakulam and finally settled at Coimbatore. She had her primary education from St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[5]

Sheela was married to Xavier, editor of an English National newspaper, which ended in divorce.[6]Later she married Tamil actor Ravichandran which also ended in divorce. They have a son George (Vishnu), who acts in Tamil and Telugu films and serials. George (Vishnu) is married to Smitha and they have two daughters. George has acted in a Malayalam movie Five Star Hospital.[7]

She penned a Malayalam novel, Pathamathe Cheque. She has also authored a book, titled Kuilinte Kooduand many short stories. She is a painter and also conducted an exhibition of her paintings.

Film career[edit]

She holds, along with Prem Nazir, the Guinness book record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together consecutively. In 2005 she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale.

She started her career as a theatre artist and acted in many dramas. Sheela made her movie debut in the 1962 Tamil film Paasam. Her first film in Malayalam was Bhagyajathakom. The next two decades saw her essay roles in more than 475 films totally in various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Urdu. Films included Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena and Vazhve Mayam. She has won awards such as Kerala State Film Awards, the Lux award and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award.[8] In Kannapanunni she plays the role of a powerful yet humane princess forced to marry a poor woodcutter. In another movie, Kadathanattu Makkam, she plays the role of a princess who is cheated by her sisters in law and false allegations of being in love with a boatman are levelled against her. She and the boatman are both charged with the death sentence. She and Prem Nazir hold the Guinness Book of World Records for acting together consecutively in 107 films. In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story, script, and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film Ninaivukale neengividu in which Jayabharathi acted. She in films including Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta as heroine with kamalahasan. She acted as Akhilandeswary in the 2005 Chandramukhi.

Sheela returned to acting, playing main role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare in 2003. Sheela received the Best Supporting Actress and the Kerala State Film Award for Second best actress in the film Akale.

She was to hold the first film fans association for a lady in Kerala that called Sheela Fans association.


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
  • Second Best Actress – 1969 – Various Films
  • Best Actress – 1971 – Various Films
  • Best Actress – 1976 – Anubhavam
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards





  • Chandramukhi (2005)
  • Seedan (2011) Amritavalli
  • Pasam
  • Karuppupanam
  • lorry driver
  • Penne Unakku vendi
  • Iravum Pagalum
  • Moondru eluthu
  • Nijama Ithu
  • Kattu Maina
  • Nee manithana


  • nenena managadu With NTR
  • Vigithra Kudumbam with Soban Babu
  • Bale Mastru with Krishna
  • gowrawam
  • Simhasanam

Story, Screen Play,and Direction[edit]

  • Yakshagaanam (1976)
  • Sikharangal (1979)
  • neenivayukale neengi vidu
  • neenga nalla irrukkanum


  • Jeevitham Sakshi (Kairali TV)[9] as presenter
  • Sthree (Asianet News) as presenter


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